coop

[ koop, koo p ]
/ kup, kʊp /

noun

an enclosure, cage, or pen, usually with bars or wires, in which fowls or other small animals are confined for fattening, transportation, etc.
any small or narrow place.
Slang. a prison.
Sometimes Facetious. a cooperative, especially the cooperative bookstore of a college or university.

verb (used with object)

to place in or as if in a coop; confine narrowly (often followed by up or in).

verb (used without object)

Slang. (of a police officer) to park and sleep inside one's patrol car while on duty.

Idioms

    fly the coop, Informal. to run off; depart abruptly; escape: We stopped to see my sister, but she'd flown the coop.

Origin of coop

1250–1300; Middle English coupe basket, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kaup wooden can; akin to Old English cȳpa basket

Related forms

un·coop, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

co-op coop co-opt coupe.

Definition for coop (2 of 3)

co-op

[ noun, adverb koh-op; verb koh-op, koh-op ]
/ noun, adverb ˈkoʊ ɒp; verb ˈkoʊ ɒp, koʊˈɒp /

noun

a cooperative store, dwelling, program, etc.

verb (used with object), co-oped or co-opped, co-op·ing or co-op·ping.

to place in a cooperative arrangement, especially to convert (an apartment or building) to a cooperative.

adjective

(of a game, especially a video game) cooperative, requiring players to work together to achieve a common objective:co-op play modes;co-op multiplayer games.

Origin of co-op

First recorded in 1860–65; shortened form

Related forms

co-op·er, noun

Can be confused

co-op coop co-opt coupe

Definition for coop (3 of 3)

coop.

or co-op


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British Dictionary definitions for coop (1 of 4)

coop

1
/ (kuːp) /

noun

a cage or small enclosure for poultry or small animals
a small narrow place of confinement, esp a prison cell
a wicker basket for catching fish

verb

(tr; often foll by up or in) to confine in a restricted area

Word Origin for coop

C15: probably from Middle Low German kūpe basket, tub; related to Latin cūpa cask, vat

British Dictionary definitions for coop (2 of 4)

coop

2

co-op

/ (ˈkəʊˌɒp) /

noun

a cooperative, cooperative society, or shop run by a cooperative society

British Dictionary definitions for coop (3 of 4)

coop

3

the internet domain name for

a cooperative

British Dictionary definitions for coop (4 of 4)

coop.

co-op.


abbreviation for

cooperative
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Idioms and Phrases with coop

coop


see fly the coop.

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